Join the Vancouver Island Bikepack Collective for a weekend of bikepacking and community building at Stoltz Pools Campground…

When

Date: May 27

Time: 9:30 am

Details

Event Website

Organizer: Vancouver Island Bikepack Collective

Email: vanislandbikepackcollective@gmail.com

Where

Galloping Goose Trail

Victoria, BC V8Z 1S3 Canada

The Vancouver Island Bikepack Collective is a grassroots, all-inclusive cycling organization — with the mission to reduce barriers for those wishing to participate in adventure cycling. We believe that adventure changes the way people view the world and that self-propelled travel to new places with new people creates unforgettable experiences.

Our second event will be happening from May 27-29 at the group site at Stoltz Pools Campground at Cowichan River Provincial Park. The group site is booked for the evenings of the 27th and 28th and it can accommodate up to 50 people. Once again, we’ll have a bunch of really cool day prizes to give away. There will be two departure options.

Departure Option #1: On Friday May 27, there will be a more intermediate/advanced group departure from the Switch Bridge (near Recyclistas) via the Sooke Hills/Cowichan Valley Regional Trails. If you haven’t been on this trail before, the ride is approximately 80km long with 1,100 vertical meters of climbing. 78% of the ride is on unpaved trail with some steep climbs and descents, so you should have moderately wide gravel tires (i.e. at least 38mm), relatively low gearing and should be comfortable with a moderate pace of riding. See the Cowichan Valley 8 route for more details.

Departure Options #2: On Saturday May 28th, there will be a more beginner/intermediate group departure via the Lockside Trail to the Mill Bay Ferry. This ride is about 70 km with 650 vertical meters of climbing and has a bit more riding on pavement with a spice of gravel trails.

Departure Option #3 Choose Your Own Adventure: If you aren’t able to attend either of these group departures because of timing or other reasons, you are free to bike or drive up on your own or with some friends and we’ll see you at the campsite! You can consider posting to the Messages tab on our Ride with GPS Site if you want to connect with other members to potentially ride up together etc.

All persons are welcome. We value and are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusivity, including LGBTQ+ and persons of colour. VIBC will not tolerate discrimination of any kind. VIBC acknowledges and respect the lək̓ wəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory we live and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationship with the land continues to this day.

Learn more here!